The power of one in the fight against the sports concussion crisis
Chris Nowinski is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis. He also serves as a Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy(BU CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine. Mr. Nowinski also serves on the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White TBI Research Committee and on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.
A former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, he was forced to retire from a series of concussions in 2003. He debuted on WWE’s flagship program Monday Night RAW in 2002, when he was named “Newcomer of the Year” by RAW Magazine, and was the youngest male Hardcore Champion in WWE history.
Diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, Chris began a quest to better understand this condition. It wasn’t until he visited his 8th doctor, the renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Cantu, that Chris was first exposed to medical research that told him concussions and brain trauma were misunderstood in the sports world. Chris connected that this lack of awareness among athletes, coaches, and even medical professionals cost him his career, and threatened the health and well-being of athletes of all ages. This led him to write the critically acclaimed book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, published in 2006, in an effort to educate parents, coaches, medical professionals, and children about this serious public health issue.”